I started writing quasi-seriously in my early 20s. I was fortunate enough to publish a few medical articles in the trade journals for some years following that, which was good for my Respiratory Therapy hospital and teaching career (publish or perish). Since then I have written about 500,000 words of fiction that have been burned, never to see the light of day (because they were aweful, I tell ya!). I published my first novel "PILATE: A Brutal Bible Tale" myself through print on demand via Outskirts Press last year when I was 42 years old. I did the POD route because, prior to that, my wonderful agent took 3 long years to collect literally dozens of rejection notices, so I went my own way. It was long past due to put up or shut up. I searched for a genre that would fit my work, but the 'straights' in vampire, horror and fantasy didn't want me and the Christians were so livid with making the Christ a 23 year old Latin female, they were aching to boil me in oil for hearesy (the Inquisition, let's begin, the Inquisition, look out sin...) But now I am more pumped about writing than ever since discovering Bizarro. I have just finished my second book (a novella) "You Morbid Westphal" and am nose deep in my third book "The Dope Fiend's Holy War" which I'm submitting to the Bizarro houses. After all these years I am now ecstatically plugging away to the tune of 4-5 thousand words a week and have never felt more confident about my genre (Bizarro, baby, thanks again Garrett and Jordan!) my stories and my Voice. I am ready to 'make a big noise, with all the big boys'!
Note: These books contains graphic violence, illicit drug use, non-consensual extremesex, and potentially offensive material given the religious references.